February 17, 2010

Beekeeping Expertise, Anyone?

Late last year I took a weekend trip to Lushoto, a charming town within the Usambara Mountains, with my Swahili teacher Musa. This mountain range is prized for its cool weather and breath taking views. This trip provided not only a much needed reprieve from the sweltering heat of Dar, but also afforded a great opportunity to catch a firsthand glimpse of Tanzanian village life. Musa is interested in buying some land near this mountain range, where he hopes to take up beekpeeing. During this trip we toured through some farmland in the area to learn more about current beekeeping practices (see pictures below), which appear to be very different than western beekeeping practices that I am familiar with. Musa is curious to learn more about western style beekeeping practices and is wondering if there are any practices from elsewhere that would translate well into this context and setting. Since I am no expert on this matter, I am curious if any of my blog readers have information, tips, expertise to share about beekeeping, especially in Africa. Please feel free to comment on this post or get in touch with me directly if you have any information to share with us. Thanks in advance!


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